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07/26/2017 08:18 AM
Strong Defense Depends On a Technological Edge
Maintaining a tactical advantage requires defense electronic systems that are one generation beyond anything an adversary can field.

07/26/2017 08:17 AM
40 Years Later, GPS Still Going Strong
Rockwell Collins celebrates a milestone anniversary.

07/25/2017 12:57 PM
Trying to Keep the Noise Down
In electronic components and systems, noise is inevitable. While it can’t be stopped, it can be measured and understood to the point where its effects can be overcome.

07/25/2017 10:04 AM
High-Bands and Horizontal Slicing Challenge 5G
Intel highlights ways to meet 5G challenges, including band-capable radio systems and horizontal slicing of applications, networks, and air interfaces.

07/25/2017 07:11 AM
Metamaterial Loads Provide Compact Matches
The unique magnetic properties of ferrite substrate material can be harnessed for a wideband coplanar-waveguide impedance transformer capable of matching a 200-Ω load to a 50-Ω line.

07/25/2017 05:58 AM
Jump-Start Filter Design with Sophisticated Simulation Techniques
One software tool can accelerate the time needed to model filters while still maintaining the capability to acquire very precise data.

07/24/2017 10:08 AM
Antennas Focus on Near-Field Applications
Antennas and antenna arrays can be optimized for improved near-field (NF) performance.

07/24/2017 09:58 AM
Lightweight Folded Antenna Fits UAV Telemetry Systems
A lightweight, embedded folded printed quadrifilar helix antenna was developed for UHF use in UAVs.

07/24/2017 07:22 AM
SOCOM Looks to BAE for New Ghostrider EW Systems
A SOCOM contract to BAE Systems will integrate the latest EW technology into the U.S. Air Force’s AC-130J Ghostrider and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft.

07/24/2017 07:11 AM
Early Warning is Best Defense Against Missile Strikes
AFLCMC-Hanscom Air Force Base has selected a small woman-owned business, Boecore, for maintenance of the Shared Early Warning System (SEWS) as part of a $93 million small-business contract.

07/21/2017 11:42 AM
Keysight Hires Vice President for Communications Group
Mirroring its shift into software tools that probe wireless networks, Keysight Technologies is refreshing its executive ranks and creating a new role to convey that strategy to customers. The company announced on Friday that Satish Dhanasekaran had t

07/21/2017 08:45 AM
What’s Keeping Microwave & RF Engineers Up at Night?
Concerns run the gamut from education and human resources issues to concerns about pricing and products.

07/21/2017 07:03 AM
How Bluetooth Mesh Impacts IoT Design
New networking enhancement lets Bluetooth continue its reign as the top wireless technology.

07/21/2017 05:58 AM
10 Must-Have Skills for All Engineers
Master these technical and soft skills to ensure continued professional success.

07/20/2017 12:30 PM
Carrier Modifications Make Ultranarrowband Modulation
Ultranarrowband modulation can be generated by making small modifications to a carrier signal, thus improving C/N ratio and BER performance in digital communications systems.

07/19/2017 11:45 AM
When Time Delays Make More Sense Than Phase Shifts
The differences between RF/microwave phase shifters and delay lines are actually quite slight.

07/19/2017 10:28 AM
Top Advantages and Challenges of Millimeter-Wave Radars in Autonomous Vehicles
With self-driving cars receiving much attention, one should be aware of the role that millimeter-wave radar has in terms of enabling autonomous vehicles.

07/19/2017 09:39 AM
ANSYS Acquires Software Firm That Brings Simulations to Life
Computational Engineering International's software helps engineers animate complex data generated by simulations. In the future, it could be used to analyze electromagnetic fields that sprout from antennas.

07/18/2017 01:21 PM
Can MEMS Deliver for 5G Mobile Networks?
So much promise has been laid on MEMS technology as a solution for countless problems, but with the coming of 5G wireless networks, MEMS components may finally have a chance to perform.

07/18/2017 01:12 PM
Get the Most Scope for Your Dollar
By matching an oscilloscope’s capabilities to your applications' needs, an optimum match can be made between price and performance.

07/18/2017 11:43 AM
University Adds RF Testing at Low Cost
Getting a program up and running is not easy, especially when you want to teach students how to use expensive tools like VNAs. However, UCM in Spain mapped out a successful plan.

07/18/2017 09:33 AM
Electromagnetic Simulation Software Tools to Watch
Our list includes industry stalwarts that switch between solvers to analyze emissions and coupling issues, as well as under-the-radar tools from Mician and Sonnet Software with more focused capabilities.

07/18/2017 06:16 AM
5 Wireless Odds and Ends You May Want to Know
There's more going on in the wireless space beyond just IoT and 5G.

07/17/2017 12:18 PM
Packaging Makes the Difference for Processors
Through the use of ruggedized packaging, a commercial server CPU was upgraded for use on the battlefield.

07/17/2017 12:09 PM
High-Energy Laser Flies on Apache Helicopter
A high-energy-laser (HEL) weapons system was successfully tested by firing at a fixed target from an Apache helicopter.

07/17/2017 11:19 AM
The Engineer’s Travel Bucket List
Make time to check out these must-see destinations during your summer travels.

07/17/2017 10:32 AM
Manual Probe System Positioned for THz Testing
This stable, precise probe station and companion test probes provide the capabilities to make measurements at the limits of commercial VNAs, and well into the THz frequency range.

07/15/2017 01:29 PM
Start-Up Makes Case for Software-Defined Antennas Using Metamaterials
Pivotal Commware, a start-up based in Bellevue, Wash., claims to have cracked the code to affordable phased array antennas that beam communications signals directly into devices, instead of blanketing radio waves over broad areas. The company’s anten

07/14/2017 08:08 AM
Gallery: What’s Happening in RF Energy Technology?
Solid-state RF energy is one area to keep an eye on. With several companies at the forefront, solid-state RF technology is being pushed for various applications from cookin to plasma ignition to RF lighting.

07/13/2017 10:04 PM
Lockheed Martin Invests in Terran Orbital's Nanosatellites
Lockheed Martin has signed contracts worth hundred of millions of dollars to build satellites the size of Easter Island statues. But now the company is putting some money toward satellites that could fit inside a breadbox. Lockheed Martin's venture c

07/12/2017 01:00 PM
Gallery: 9 New Microwave and RF Products You Should Know
Whether you are looking for gain blocks or attenuators, Microwaves & RF has you covered the latest components to optimize your product, device, or system. Here are nine that our editors flagged in recent weeks. 

07/12/2017 12:40 PM
Double-Balanced Mixer Converts Wideband Signals from 3 to 20 GHz
Linear Technology continues a strong track record of developing integrated RF/microwave components with outstanding performance.

07/11/2017 01:56 PM
Low-Loss Cables Connect to 40 GHz
These rugged cables stand the test of multiple mating cycles in measurement systems requiring high durability with extremely low insertion and return losses through 40 GHz.

07/10/2017 01:59 PM
Speed Up Your Next Test System
Optimize a PXI test system for faster speeds in any of five different stages, from instrument selection to data processing.

07/10/2017 01:40 PM
Implement the Correct Wire-Bonding Process
This tech brief describes successful techniques for wire bonding small MESA chips.

07/10/2017 12:07 PM
Engineers: TV’s New Reality Stars
Years ago, there was mostly a sense of anonymity in the engineering profession. No longer, though, as a STEM-fueled trend in television continues to rewrite that script.

07/07/2017 08:00 PM
The best of commercial and aerospace electronic design and test solutions
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

07/07/2017 08:00 PM
Test & measurement trends for Aerospace and Defense
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

07/07/2017 08:00 PM
Focus where it counts most with greater assurance in system readiness
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

07/07/2017 06:45 AM
5G’s Impact on the Test Arena
Philippe Garreau, chairman of the Microwave Vision Group (MVG), discusses why over-the-air testing will be needed for 5G.

07/07/2017 06:30 AM
Analog Signal Generator Vanquishes Phase Noise
This high-performance test signal source is available in various configurations covering as wide as 9 kHz to 20 GHz with generous output power and extremely low phase noise and harmonics.

07/06/2017 12:11 PM
UWB for IoT?
Ultrawideband technology could be an undiscovered option for some IoT applications.

07/06/2017 08:14 AM
Rohde & Schwarz Finds New Vice President for Test Equipment Unit
The former vice president of signal generators, audio analyzers, and power meters at Rohde & Schwarz is taking  a top role at the test equipment maker. On Monday, the company announced that Andreas Pauly would be the new executive vice president

07/06/2017 07:57 AM
Single-Ended GaN Power Transistors Spawn New System-Level Capabilities
Engineers tasked with building next-gen L-band systems can now take advantage of new single-ended transistors based on gallium-nitride (GaN), which offer better performance across the board.

07/05/2017 09:03 AM
Upgrades Ready KC-10 Aircraft for Commercial Air Space
An advanced avionics system from Rockwell Collins is being used to upgrade the U.S. Air Force’s KC-10 tanker aircraft fleet.

07/05/2017 08:49 AM
General Dynamics Delivers 10,000th Air Traffic Control Radio
The 10,000 CM-300/350 VHF/UHF V2 radio was recently shipped by General Dynamics Mission Systems to FAA and military customers as part of the NEXCOM 2 contract.

07/05/2017 08:28 AM
Army Recognizes LiquidPiston with $3 million RIF Award
A 2-kW, portable diesel-powered generator is being developed to power digitized towed howitzers in the field.

07/05/2017 07:26 AM
Will Today’s Microwave Oven Soon be a Thing of the Past?
Solid-state RF energy has the potential to drastically change the way we cook food.

06/29/2017 01:44 PM
Software Predicts How Millimeter Waves Bounce Off Walls
New simulation software predicts how millimeter waves scatter off walls, buildings, and other objects. It also calculates how the scattered radio waves impact signal power. Remcom announced on Wednesday that the latest version of its radio propagatio

06/29/2017 10:40 AM
Fast-Switching Synthesizer Keeps Noise Levels Low
This fast-switching frequency synthesizer keeps the spurious and phase-noise levels low across a total frequency tuning range as wide as 50 MHz to 21 GHz.

06/28/2017 04:42 PM
Taking the Pulse of China's Semiconductor Industry
The latest Chinese industrial policy, Made in China 2025, came out two years ago with an emphasis on semiconductors, fanning the nation's ambition to become a global superpower in microchips. But semiconductor experts at the Design Automation Confere

06/28/2017 10:44 AM
Nikola Labs Raises Funds for Radio Energy Harvesters
Nikola Labs, a start-up with a radio energy harvesting chip in development, recently said that it had surpassed $2 million in total funding from investors. When the company's latest funding round closed in April, Nikola Labs said that it was on sched

06/27/2017 01:41 PM
Oscilloscopes Bring More Signals than Ever into View
When four channels aren’t enough, these real-time oscilloscopes capture as many as eight analog and 64 digital signals with up to 2-GHz bandwidth and sampling rates to 6.25 Gsamples/s.

06/27/2017 10:11 AM
Transceiver IC Eases Transition from 4G to 5G
This highly integrated radio solution contains a DPD engine for power amplifier linearization along with multiple wideband transmitters and receivers.

06/27/2017 07:29 AM
Book Review: Test & Measurement Techniques: High Frequency and Wireless Test Methods
A key addition to your reference library, this eBook covers test methods and procedures for measuring parameters associated with high frequency and wireless signals.

06/27/2017 05:38 AM
Low-Noise Integrated PLL Synthesizes 10 MHz to 15 GHz
This compact PLL works with a wide range of reference input signals to generate wideband output signals that are low in harmonics, spurious, and phase noise.

06/26/2017 08:00 PM
Is Your Office or Lab Wall Missing Satellite Insight?
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

06/26/2017 08:00 PM
Is Your Office or Lab Wall Missing Radar and EW Insight?
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

06/26/2017 08:00 PM
Is Your Office or Lab Wall Missing Insight?
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

06/26/2017 12:49 PM
Imagine Life Without Interference
One startup company is aiming to overcome the ever-present issue of interference that plagues wireless communications.

06/26/2017 11:44 AM
Packaging Provides Microwave Protection
Whether a device is made to fit a package or the package designed for the device, the best packages are those that are least noticed under all operating conditions.

06/26/2017 10:37 AM
Ground-Penetrating Radar Looks for Deep Tunnels
The R2TD system developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is a ground-penetrating radar capable of detecting tunnels deep within the ground.

06/26/2017 10:21 AM
Drone Simulates Airborne Threats
This target drone is capable of simulating a wide range of airborne threats.

06/26/2017 10:20 AM
Rockwell Collins Readies UAV for Civil Airspace
An integrated avionics system will enable a military drone to conduct missions in civil airspace.

06/23/2017 08:00 PM
Get More from Your Test Assets
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

06/23/2017 05:35 PM
Microsemi Buys Surface Acoustic Wave Filter Manufacturer
Last year, Microsemi sold its custom electronics and RF businesses for $300 million to Mercury Systems, which sells parts for satellites and missile guidance systems. Now it is restocking its defense business with parts that sort signals by frequency

06/23/2017 11:50 AM
Balance Microwave LPF Responses with CSRRs
Adding complementary-split-ring-resonators to the ground planes of microstrip filters can result in sharper cutoff-frequency responses with low loss and flat amplitude across the passband.

06/23/2017 10:21 AM
Low-Noise Amplifier Aids TDD Small Cells
This MMIC LNA design includes bias, ESD, and power-down circuitry for reduced cost and parts count in support of 3G and 4G wireless small cell stations.

06/23/2017 10:18 AM
Transistors Beam Radio Energy To Cure Ceramics, Relieve Pain, and Cook Food
A transistor based on the same technology inside cellular infrastructure enables applications from drying industrial ceramics or warming organs in hospital treatments. NXP Semiconductors said Tuesday that it had begun sampling the new component, the

06/23/2017 08:25 AM
Inside Track: Speaking the Language of IIoT
Scott Allen from FreeWave Technologies shares his thoughts on topics like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and frequency-hopping spread-spectrum (FHSS) technology.

06/23/2017 06:15 AM
Accelerate PA Design with Source/Load-Pull ACPR and EVM Measurements
Power-amplifier (PA) designers can take advantage of software that allows them to utilize complex load-pull data sets, thereby streamlining the design process.

06/22/2017 12:23 PM
The Smith Chart Enters a New Dimension
One team decided to transform the traditional Smith chart into a three-dimensional tool.

06/22/2017 10:57 AM
Design FAQ: Test Design for Modernization in Aerospace and Defense
Sponsored by National Instruments

06/21/2017 12:13 PM
Simulate Installed Antenna and RF Co-Site Issues with EM Tools
Current electromagnetic (EM) modeling and simulation tools offer a means to effectively design aircraft antenna systems.

06/21/2017 11:22 AM
Our Schools Need You
Technology will increasingly change the way we work, which means it’s crucial that we revisit how we’re teaching and training our kids to build the next generation of workers.

06/21/2017 06:58 AM
Calibrating the Test Needs of 5G Networks
A new NIST facility is devoted to creating new measurement solutions for emerging 5G wireless communications networks.

06/21/2017 06:57 AM
Putting a Lock on Crystal Oscillator Phase Noise
Student researchers have developed techniques for optimizing the phase-noise performance of a voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO).

06/19/2017 12:32 PM
Global IoT Growing Rapidly in Aerospace and Defense
A research report projects strong growth for IoT devices in global military and aerospace markets in 2017 and through 2022.

06/19/2017 12:07 PM
Northrop Grumman Flies Panel-Based Radar System
The maiden slight of an SDR-based panel radar system has proven successful when the system was used in two different operating modes.

06/19/2017 10:59 AM
GPS Receivers Resist Jammers
A rugged GPS receiver developed for the U.S. Air Force is resistant to jamming signals.

06/19/2017 10:40 AM
SAKOR Supports Lockheed’s Advanced Aerospace Projects
A pair of advanced dynamometers supports Lockheed Martin’s research and development of satellite components for deep-space applications.

06/19/2017 10:03 AM
FBI Connects with Persistent for Wireless Network Solution
A smart radio with integral computer features interchangeable modules to cover three different frequency bands.

06/16/2017 08:01 AM
Analog Devices Shuffles Executives To Make Room For Linear Technology
Three months after closing its $14.8 billion acquisition of Linear Technology, Analog Devices has been quiet about internal changes. But on Thursday, the company shuffled its executive ranks to accommodate its new power business. The Massachusetts-ba

06/15/2017 09:03 AM
Automating Test and Evaluation of EW and Radar Systems
This webinar describes automation of EW and radar system design and its benefits, and provides insight into how automation can most effectively be implemented.

06/15/2017 06:34 AM
Amplifier Powers an Octave with 80% Average Efficiency
This extended continuous Class F−1 power amplifier provides more than 8 W output power from 1.0 to 1.9 GHz with outstanding drain efficiency.

06/14/2017 02:04 PM
Gallery: Everything We Saw At IMS 2017
Last week, Microwaves & RF chronicled the the 2017 International Microwave Symposium in Hawaii, the annual powwow for companies and engineers in the high-frequency industry. Here are some views of the show floor, taken by our editors, where we go

06/13/2017 11:36 AM
Additive Manufacturing Enables Microwave Components for Space Applications
3D printing techniques can be used to build RF/microwave components for demanding space applications, offering benefits like reduced mass.

06/13/2017 08:27 AM
Calibrate Your Way to Measurement Success
Proper calibration is essential to obtain error-free measurements.

06/13/2017 08:27 AM
“Re-Caffeinate” a Radar System Design
This application note demonstrates how design software can be utilized to design an end-to-end frequency-modulated-continuous-wave (FMCW) radar system.

06/13/2017 07:38 AM
Making the Case for Signal and Spectrum Analyzers
What scenarios make an RF/microwave signal analyzer a better choice for a particular measurement than a traditional spectrum analyzer?

06/12/2017 01:41 PM
SIA Applauds DARPA’s Semiconductor Initiative
Investments by DARPA as part of the 2018 budget are expected to fuel semiconductor industry R&D.

06/12/2017 08:05 AM
Once Again, IMS Was Worth the Trip
As evidenced by last week's extravaganza in Honolulu, the International Microwave Symposium remains the premiere event of the RF/microwave industry.

06/12/2017 07:45 AM
Steady Growth Predicted for Aerospace Connectors
The global market for military and aerospace connectors is expected to remain strong for the next five years.

06/12/2017 07:12 AM
DARPA Looks to BAE Systems for Improved UAS Technology
DARPA’s CONCERTO program seeks a UAS electronic payload that is capable of instantly switching among multiple functions, such as intelligence, surveillance, command and control, networking, and combat operations.

06/12/2017 06:32 AM
Countermeasure Jams Bombs with RF Power
The MJ-5 Bomb Jammer system generates high-power jamming signals in five separate modules and can be programmed by a user.

06/07/2017 08:33 PM
Gallery: What IMS 2017 Has Shown Us So Far
Microwaves & RF is making the rounds at the 2017 International Microwave Symposium in Hawaii. Our editors have been busy meeting with everybody who's anybody in the high-frequency industry and here are ten views of what they have seen at the trad

06/07/2017 12:00 PM
Frequency Synthesizers Come On Strong at IMS
Frequency synthesizers provide the stable high-frequency signals for transmit and receive functions in many systems, and advances continue to be made in this technology. As evidence, Micro Lambda Wireless (booth No. 1101) introduced the Luxyn™ freque

06/07/2017 11:41 AM
Generating Signals for 5G Systems
Part of preparing for the higher-frequency signals in portions of 5G wireless communications networks will be generating signals at millimeter-wave frequencies, and the 2017 IMS exhibition featured a number of companies with deep experience in circui

06/07/2017 11:27 AM
Integration Provides Compact Functionality
While many attendees to the 2017 IMS exhibition were preparing for 5G, Peregrine Semiconductor at booth No. 1042 was showing some of its capabilities in high-level integration, with practical switching solutions that were also well qualified for 4G a

06/07/2017 08:05 AM
The Importance of Hand-held Spectrum Analyzers in 5G Trials
This webinar describes how designers, engineers, and technicians can use VNAs during 5G network trials, as well as challenges they will face and solutions that are available.